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An unbiased collection of Trump's greatest quotes!

Brash, outspoken, and successful, Donald Trump is an American phenomenon. Always a controversial business leader, he's now become a major political figure, and he continues to make headlines around the globe. Even if you don't follow politics, it's hard to ignore his outrageous quotes and clips.

Trump Talk is the unofficial guide to the mind of Donald Trump, featuring excerpts from speeches, interviews, and more. Whether he's denouncing immigration policies, giving advice on the art of the deal, or insulting other public figures, there's one thing you can't deny about Trump--he speaks his mind, and the results are fascinating.
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We have met the enemy, and he is us.

Before the first Republican presidential primary debate, Star Trek-like shields were raised by the Fox News anchors who were concerned about Donald Trump playing a wild card, fearing that he’d ignore the protocol and turn an otherwise formal debate into his own reality TV show. In that event, moderator Bret Baier held a nuclear option in reserve: As Stephen Battaglio wrote in the Los Angeles Times (How Fox anchor Bret Baier prepared for the GOP debate and got an instant headline out of Donald Trump, August 9, 2015), in the event Trump went ballistic, they’d tell him, Mr. Trump, in your business you have rules. You follow rules. We have rules on this stage. We don’t want to have to escort you to the elevator outside this boardroom. Baier added: We’re hoping we don’t have to use it, [but] we’re locked and loaded.

As it turned out, the nuclear option was not needed, but Trump unwittingly created a tempest in a teapot by attacking Megyn Kelly, a Fox News moderator for the debate who asked, . . . how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who [is] likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?


Roger Stone, a former political advisor who helped Trump prep for the debate, cautioned him beforehand on how to handle such a question. According to the Washington Post (Growing pains for a sudden front-runner, by Robert Costa and Philip Rucker, August 10, 2015), Stone—who soon thereafter left his position, claiming he resigned, though Trump says he was fired—told him to exercise moderation. Don’t get dragged down by petty attacks, Stone counseled Trump, but begin offering an agenda focused on the economy and hammer home what makes you a singular candidate.

As the newspaper reported, Trump did not heed the advice. Instead, after briefly flipping through the papers, he decided to wing it—just as he vowed to do.

Instead of explaining, as many think he should have, that he respects women, that he has many women working for him in the Trump Organization, and in key executive positions, and that his random comments shouldn’t be taken as representative of the whole, Trump chided Ms. Kelly: Honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.

But the next day, Trump was out for blood, attacking her online, saying she had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.

Her wherever was construed by the media to be a reference to menstrual flow, and Trump suddenly found himself in the middle of a bloodbath, starting with a cancellation as the headlined speaker at Erick Erickson’s RedState Gathering in Atlanta scheduled two days later. At his event, Erickson said, I don’t want my daughter in the room with Donald Trump tonight, so he’s not invited. If our standard-bearer has to resort to that, then we need a new standard-bearer.

Time magazine online (, August 8, 2015) quoted a spokesman for Trump’s campaign who said, This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct. For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader. We’ll now be doing another campaign stop at another location.

The war of words between Donald Trump and the media at large, and between himself and, indeed, anyone—even with his own party—who in his mind has treated him unfairly, will continue to escalate even as the GOP tries to contain it.

The Washington Post (Trump sparks recoil in GOP, by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, August 9, 2015) summarized the situation: Fearful that the billionaire’s inflammatory rhetoric has inflicted serious damage to the GOP brand, party leaders hope to pivot away from the Trump sideshow and toward a more serious discussion among a deep field of governors, senators and other candidates. The newspaper continued, They acknowledge that Trump’s unique megaphone and the passion of his supporters make any calculation about his candidacy risky. After all, he has been presumed dead before after making incendiary comments about fellow Republican and Arizona senator John McCain and fellow candidate Carly Fiorina.

Meanwhile, Democrats—especially front-runner Hillary Clinton—are looking on gleefully, biding their time, expectantly waiting for Donald Trump’s campaign to implode.

The big, unanswered question that’s keeping everyone on edge is this: In the end, if Trump loses the support of the Republican Party, will he choose the lesser of two evils and simply drop out of the race, instead of siphoning off votes that will help the Democrats win by default if he runs as an independent? It’s the central question that has yet to be answered; in the meantime, the world, especially Mexico, is holding its collective breath.

On September 3, Trump signed a pledge, issued by the RNC, to endorse whoever the party picks as its candidate. However, some observers have argued that since the pledge has no legal authority, Trump might decide to jump into the race as a third-party candidate anyway (assuming he is not the nominee), wrecking the party leadership’s plans.

So things are in a state of flux; Trump still holds the trump card.


After building a business empire spanning the globe, Donald Trump is indisputably a hugely successful businessman whose net worth is tallied in the billions. Despite criticisms that he was born into wealth, he disagrees. The truth is that when I started out in business, I was practically broke. My father didn’t give me much money, but what he did was give me a good education and the simple formula for getting wealthy: work hard doing what you love, he wrote in one of his many bestselling books, Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life.

Trump bristles when reporters say he’s not a self-made man; he also bristles, and sometimes threatens lawsuits, when it’s reported that he’s declared bankruptcy. (He has never personally declared bankruptcy, but four of his casinos in Atlantic City have declared corporate bankruptcy, which he is quick to point out.)

At heart, Donald Trump is a builder, a street-smart and tough negotiator, and an outspoken critic about how our leaders are running the country.

After several tentative forays in the political arena, he has finally tossed his hat in the ring and announced himself as a presidential candidate for the 2016 race, surprising the Republican Party establishment, which had planned to promote one of their own candidates with extensive legislative experience—traditionally, a state governor or a senator.

As Trump’s former advisor Roger Stone told his boss in a memo, quoted in the Washington Post (August 10, 2015), he should emphasize his business experience as the panacea for the problems that ail our country. I’m running because when I look at this field—all perfectly nice people—I know that none of them could ever run one of my companies. They are not entrepreneurs.


Stone advised Trump to position himself as a builder, an entrepreneur and a capitalist versus a bunch of politicians who are clearly part of the problem, an important distinction. Many Americans are clearly disenchanted with the prospect of a lot more talk and no action from career politicians—folks the Texans would term all hat and no cattle.

Tapping deep voter dissatisfaction with politicians, Donald Trump has, to the surprise of the staid GOP, commanded media attention and voter interest, to the point where his popularity in the polls puts him in the lead. (Significantly, the two other non-politicians in the race, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, are also doing well.) By doing so, Trump earned a prominent place on stage for the first three Republican presidential debates. Moreover, Trump’s presence has electrified the electorate: He’s unquestionably the reason Americans tuned in to the debates, when otherwise they’d tune out. As Trump later exclaimed on NBC’s Today show, If I wasn’t on the show, they would have had 2 million people watching. The other candidates are very lucky because at least people are watching what they’re saying as opposed to nobody caring.

The first debate of the campaign in 2011, aired on Fox, drew 3.2 million viewers. But Fox’s 2015 debate drew 24 million viewers, making it the most-watched primary debate in television history, and CNN’s first debate drew 23 million viewers, setting a new record for the biggest audience in its history—thanks to Donald Trump.

Inquiring minds wanted to know: Who is Donald Trump, and why should he be our next president?

Prior to the debate, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. (Only losers out-Trump Trump, August 3, 2015) concluded: Trump’s supporters have an intuition that something is deeply wrong in their party . . . [T]hey are correct that the party is not delivering what they have a right to expect. Most candidates will play along with the disaffection. Those who try instead to reverse the loss of faith by responding to it constructively will deserve to win the debate.

Who won the debates?

In retrospect, there were no clear winners, including Trump. These are, after all, the first salvos in a long battle that will stretch out for many months, so it’s premature to predict a front-runner so early in the game.

The debates were not, as some feared they would be, The Donald Trump Reality Show. But speaking from the heart and not from a script, Trump hammered home oft-repeated themes that are the cornerstones of his campaign—issues that he addressed at length in three of his bestselling books, The America We Deserve (2000), Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again (2011) (a second edition of this book was released in September 2015 under the title Time to Get Tough: Make America Great Again!), and Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (2015). In all three, he spells out the problems facing the United States, and offers his prescriptions for its cure. In the first book, he writes: What I would do if elected president would be to appoint myself U.S. trade representative; my lawyers have checked and the president has this authority. I would take personal charge of negotiations with the Japanese, the French, the Germans, and the Saudis. Our trading partners would have to sit across the table from Donald Trump and I guarantee you the rip-off of the United States would end . . . The core of these problems is that we don’t know how to negotiate. We don’t know how to get what we want out of the people we’re sitting across the table from.

In other words, Trump’s prescription is to be personally involved and get tough on the issue of foreign trade, because he says we’re getting our rumps handed to us by virtually everyone, and needlessly so. It’s time, he says, for that to come to a stop.


In future GOP debates, all eyes will be on Trump, to see if he has changed his tune, put a lid on his explosive nature, is prepared with facts and statistics instead of winging it, and appears more presidential; in short, someone who can articulate a plan to save America. If he does that, the other candidates are in for a tough fight.

In Time magazine (August 24, 2015), Zeke J. Miller points out that, as far as the GOP is concerned, prayers for his departure from the race remain unanswered, and the prospect of his sticking around for at least another few months seems high. Trump is the dinner guest who will not leave . . . As long as he stays in the news, owns the debates and floats at the top of the polls, he’s ahead.

In other words: hang on to your hats; it’s going to be a bumpy flight.


Back in 1987, when Donald Trump published Trump: The Art of the Deal, I bought a copy, read it, and concluded that he was a streetwise, no-nonsense negotiator with big visions to match. In other words, he was not a talker but a doer, and as such, bore watching.

Subsequently, Trump’s visions grew bolder, his skyscrapers taller, and he continued to write business books that were candid, refreshing, and educational.

I wondered, after viewing the first Republican presidential debate, if any of his colleagues on the stage had read any of his books, which would have been excellent background reading. For any of them to dismiss him out of hand, to not take him seriously, is a mistake. No matter what you think about the man, you can’t argue about his success—he’s done countless profitable deals over the last four decades that have made him a billionaire; that is an indisputable fact.

As Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann stated, in a story for CNN Politics by MJ Lee (October 26, 2015), I don’t think you can find a single Republican in this state that could have predicted that four months ago, Donald Trump would still be in first place (nationally). He attributes it to a hunger for an outsider.